Gossip Girl: Valley Girls
(S02E24) "If you think we're bad, you should have seen our parents." - Gossip Girl about those who complain about today's youth
After weeks, if not months, of hearing about it, we finally saw what the Gossip Girl spin off could be like. Set in the 80s, the spin off would star Brittany Snow as a young Lily, Krysten Ritter as her sister Carol, and Andrew McCarthy as their father. The action would, as expected, follow Lily's life as a young woman trying to make sense of the world and find her place in it.
This past week, the Internet has been filled with reports that the potential spin off was dead even before this week's episode aired. Other reports claimed that there was still a chance for the spin off to be picked up and find its way on The CW's 2009-2010 schedule. How about we don't listen to those reports and make our own decision on if the network should give the spin off a chance?
Before I give my two cents about the spin off, I must admit that my favorite music is from the late 80s and early 90s, and that I always had a thing for Andrew McCarthy. So put those together in a TV series, and you already have my attention. Getting my attention is one thing, keeping me tuned in every week is another.
Even if Lily is not one of the central characters of Gossip Girl, you must admit that she is a major player and that her past is intriguing. We know who she is right now and that she made a few mistakes in her past but what are those mistakes? How did she end up dating Rufus and getting pregnant? How did she become a Van der Woodsen? Serena's behavior is quite crazy and evil at times, could the apple have fallen rather close to the tree? All answers that the spin off could provide if the network picks it up.
In a series of flashbacks, we saw a young Lily reach out to her father after being expelled from her boarding school. She doesn't get the support she expected from her music mogul of a father and from her extremely controlling mother. So Lily decides to find her sister Carol and reconnect. Carol's world is the opposite of Lily's which added a nice twist to the storyline. How will Lily be able to live in a world where she must take the bus? How will her values and her habits fit into this new lifestyle? Questions that could offer a few good storylines if the series is picked up.
I enjoyed the flashbacks as they helped show how Serena's teenage years are not unlike Lily's. Contrary to what Chuck believes, Lily was arrested. The apple didn't fall far from the tree as we can see. Through a series of montages between flashbacks and today, we see that both Serena and young Lily want the same thing: be free to live their own life and not have their mother control it. Lily remembering her past will surely help her reconnect with her daughter and pave the way to a better, yet still drama-filled, future.
About half of the episode was set in the 80s, so it's difficult to say if the spin off could work or not on its own. However, based on the tidbits we did get, I think I would definitely give the show a chance. What we love from Gossip Girl -- drama, backstabbing, friendship, lying, love, more backstabbing and drama -- will surely be what will drive the spin off. Plus, let's face it, we are curious to know more about Lily and want to see Andrew McCarthy on TV, no?
Back to the present, I was glad to see Rufus and Lily reconcile but it will, as expected, take more work for them to be a couple again. Lily needs to find out who she really is and what she wants before they can fully commit.
I wonder if Chuck somehow knew, or at least hoped, that giving Blair her scrapbook prom dream would have her break up with Nate since it was clear he was her past and not her future. Chuck always has a reason for doing things so I don't buy him giving Blair her fairytale just out of love.
Next week is the season finale of Gossip Girl in which the gang tries to uncover who GG really is! Oh, and Georgina is back. Question is will she be old Georgina or God-loving Georgina?
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